I wanted these pieces to have a story, an implied story, but I didn’t want to be the one telling it. I wanted my viewers to be able to imagine what might be happening before, after, and within the image. I wanted my viewers to get a sense of who these women could be, but ultimately leave them to create their stories for themselves.
The fifth image in my senior thesis series, titled No More Chainmail Bikinis.
As described in my thesis speech, “And last is Survival Horror. This genre often hinges on normal people being thrown into unexpected and gruesome situations, much like horror films but with much more emphasis on fighting back and less running away. I wanted her to be a pretty average girl but avoid falling into the trap of making her seem weak and frightened. She’s scared, sure, who wouldn’t be? But she’s not about to show it. She’s not the type to scream and hide, and she’s not the type to give up without a fight. At first this piece wasn’t as suspenseful as I wanted it to be, but I couldn’t figure out how to fix it without redrawing the strange end-of-a-hallway space I had created that I enjoyed—and was heavily inspired by the Silent Hill games, another favorite series of mine. The colors were also muddy before I shaded it, something my midterm panel talked with me about a lot. I decided that a simple way to activate the piece was to twist it—that way all I really needed to was extend the background and characters I had already made. It provided a kind of dizzy uncomfortable feeling to the space. I also made the shadows and highlights both rather saturated, especially with the blood, changing what was initially a muddy palette to a moody one.”